2017 NCHSAA Football 2A State Championship

2017 NCHSAA Football 2A State Championship Recap

Hibriten (Lenior) and Wallace-Rose Hill have won the 2017 NCHSAA Football 2A State Championship (2AA & 2A).

2AA State Championship

Hibriten 16, East Duplin 14


1st Quarter

East Duplin: Melvin Scott 81-yard TD run (Jesus Navarro PAT) ED 7-0

2nd Quarter

Hibriten: Saftey ED 7-2

Hibriten: Mckinley Witherspoon 53-yard TD pass to Miles Simon (Noah Haney PAT) H 9-7

Hibriten: Jaylen Scott 43-yard TD pass to Simon (Haney PAT) H 16-7

3rd Quarter


4th Quarter

East Duplin: Chris Benson 1-yard TD run (Navarro PAT) H 16-14

Final: Hibriten 16-14

Awards and Stats

Championship MVP

  • Miles Simon – Sr. RB
    • 2 Receptions, 96 yards, 2 TD

West Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Noah Haney – Sr. Punter
    • 6 Punts, 276 yards, 5 punts inside the 20, 3 inside the 10

West Most Outstanding Defensive Player

  • Charles Tassinari -Sr. MLB
    • 16 Total Tackles

East Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Melvin Scott – Sr. RB
    • 3 Carries, 108 Yards, TD

East Most Oustanding Defensive Player

  • Amaru Herring – Jr. DL
    • 10 Total Tackles, 3 for loss

Notes and Quotes

Hibriten’s football state championship is the first in school history.

“We knew coming if that if our defense contained them …we figured if we held them to 14 or less we had a good shot,” – Hibriten head coach Clay Lewis

Lewis’ Panthers finish the season undefeated, 16-0.

“We had a heck of a season and the guys fought to the end just like they’ve done all season. They gave themselves a chance to win. I can’t ask for a better group of guys.” – East Duplin head coach Battle Holley

East Duplin ends the season 15-1.

2A State Championship

Wallace-Rose Hill 35, Reidsville 28 (OT)


1st Quarter

Wallace-Rose Hill: Javonte Williams 73-yard run (PAT no good) WRH 6-0

Reidsville: Titus Jones 14-yard run (Zack Baber PAT) R 7-6

Wallace: Desmond Newkirk 1-yard run (Williams 2pt.) WRH 14-7

Wallace: Quavion Basyden 97-interception return (Juan Vargas PAT) WRH 21-7

2nd Quarter

Reidsville: Titus Jones 8-yard TD pass to Travion Canada (Baber PAT) WRH 21-14

3rd Quarter

Reidsville: Canada 1-yard TD run (Baber PAT) Tie 21-21

4th Quarter

Wallace: Williams 5-yard TD run (Vargas PAT) WRH 28-21

Reidsville: Jalen Easley 1-yard TD run (Baber) Tie 28-28


Wallace: Newkirk 1-yard run (Vargas PAT) WRH 35-28

Final: Wallace-Rose Hill 35-28

Awards and Stats

Championship MVP

  • Javonte Williams – Sr. RB
    • 24 Carries, 223 yards, 2 TD

East Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Desmond Newkirk – Sr. RB
    • 13 Carries, 63 Rushing Yards, 2 TD

East Most Outstanding Defensive Player

  • Quavion Basyden – Sr. Saftey
    • 97-yard Interception Return TD

West Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Titus Jones – Sr. QB
    • 16/27, 182 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

West Most Outstanding Defensive Player

  • Willy Blackstock – Sr. MLB
    • 9 Total Tackles

Notes and Quotes

Wallace-Rose Hill continues its dominance despite moving up to 2A this season. The title is the Bulldogs fourth straight and twentieth overall. 

“You got to witness an unbelievable game because you saw two champions go head-to-head. How fitting that it went overtime. We’re just fortunate we came out on top.” – Wallace-Rose Hill head coach Kevin Motsinger

Reidsville’s season ends just short of perfection, 15-1.

“Their kids are champions, too. They didn’t come here to lose. They put their belt on the table and these boys put their belt on the table, winner-take-all. We just made one more play.” – Motsinger


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